In 1967, Delta Health Center was established in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, to provide primary care to the area’s medically underserved. The idea was that a locally driven approach to health care could offer needed services to rural communities, where residents lacked access to quality care because of difficult social and economic circumstances.
The ambitious idea worked. The success of Delta Health Center as one of the country’s first two community health centers – the other was in Boston – has inspired 1,200 similar clinics nationwide. Today, community health centers are recognized as a proven and dependable health-care provider, serving as the “health-care home” for some 23 million Americans at more than 9,000 locations.
Sen, Roger Wicker